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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act

This past Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (the “Act”). In a 5-4 decision, the Justices voted to hold Section 3 of the Act unconstitutional. Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act excluded same-sex couples from the definition of “marriage” and “spouse” in federal laws, which meant meant that, while individual states were still free to legalize gay marriage, gay spouses would not be treated as married under federal law. This provision has had far-reaching effects. Over 1,000 federal laws relate to marital status in some way. Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act